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Fermilab announces first artist-in-residence

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Photo by Georgia Schwender.
Art has a way of communicating big ideas in ways that words cannot, and can reach people who might not otherwise hear about a topic like particle physics. The laboratory is always looking for new ways to present those big ideas, and for the next year, we’ll have help from Oak Park artist Lindsay Olson, who has just been named Fermilab’s first artist-in-residence.

Olson is a part-time teacher of textiles in art and fashion studies at Columbia College in Chicago. She will spend the next 12 months learning about the laboratory's experiments and scientific work, and will create a series of art pieces based on what she discovers. Some of the resulting artwork will be on display at Fermilab as part of the Art@CMS exhibit next year, and Olson plans to use her work to communicate the story of Fermilab to art lovers who may not hear about the laboratory’s work otherwise. Read a Chicago Tribune story about Olson online (PDF).
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Photo column spacer Reduced Shakespeare Company brings Christmas show to Fermilab on Dec. 6
The world-famous Reduced Shakespeare Company is a traveling troupe that performs condensed versions of important works and topics at lightning speed. Their hilarious repertoire began with a 25-minute, four-actor version of Hamlet in 1981, and has since grown to include reduced versions of the Bible, the history of America and a rundown of every important work of literature in a show titled “All the Great Books (abridged).” The troupe’s holiday show is called "The Ultimate Christmas (abridged)," and is an irreverent yet heartwarming trip through the holidays, one that promises fun for the entire family. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are available online, but act quickly, because this show will sell out. There will be an audience gift exchange as well, so if you want to participate, bring a wrapped gift of $5 value or less.
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Photo column spacer Two chances to meet the artists behind Imagined Landscape at Fermilab – Reception Friday, Dec. 12, 5 p.m.; Gallery Talk Wednesday, Dec. 17, noon.
The latest exhibit in the Fermilab Art Gallery, Imagined Landscape, draws together the work of three Illinois artists: Melanie P. Brown, Suzanne Keith Loechl and Julian E. Williams Jr. You have two chances this month to meet and talk with all three. First, there will be a reception for the artists on Friday, Dec. 12 at 5 p.m., coinciding with the opening of the new exhibit. Then, on Wednesday, Dec. 17 at noon, you can hear all three artists discuss their work in a Gallery Talk. Both events are free, but please register for the Gallery Talk by contacting Georgia Schwender at georgia@fnal.gov or 630-840-6825. Imagined Landscape will be on display through Jan. 29. The Fermilab Art Gallery is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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Photo column spacer Fermilab open to the public during the holidays
It’s not an old saying, but it should be: science never takes a holiday. The Fermilab site will remain open to the public from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. throughout the holidays, even on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Our free public tours, conducted on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m., will continue as well – there will be tours on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. So if Fermilab is part of your holiday plans, we'll be here for you. Happy holidays from all of us!
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Photo column spacer Fermilab’s NOvA experiment explored in depth
Scientific American: New experiment aims to crack neutrino mass mystery
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Photo column spacer Fermilab technician Kelly Hardin profiled in Chicago Magazine
Chicago Magazine: Six big photos of the coolest jobs in Chicago
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Contact Info
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row spacer Call 630-840-3351 or email fermilab@fnal.gov with questions. Free public tours are offered every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The Fermilab site is open for visitors every day from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wilson Hall's 15th-floor viewing area and art gallery are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the 15th-floor area is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. row spacer
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Calendar

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Dec. 2, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Dec. 3, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Dec. 4, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: Code Cracking, Cryptograms and Other Mysteries
Sat., Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.
Grades 3-5
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Get to Know Lederman Science Center FREE
Sat., Dec. 6, 10 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Arts Series: Reduced Shakespeare Company’s Ultimate Christmas Show
Sat., Dec. 6, 8 p.m.

Ask-a-Scientist: Using the Higgs Boson as a New Tool for Discovery FREE
Sun., Dec. 7, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up
THIS EVENT IS FULL

English Country Dancing FREE
Sun., Dec. 7, 2-5 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Dec. 9, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Dec. 10, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Dec. 11, 7:30-10 p.m.

Artist Reception: Imagined Landscape FREE
Fri., Dec. 12, 5 p.m.

Barn Dance
Sun., Dec. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Education Center Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Tue., Dec. 16, 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Dec. 16, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Dec. 17, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Art Gallery Talk: Imagined Landscape FREE
Wed., Dec. 17, Noon

International Folk Dancing FREE
Thur., Dec. 18, 7:30-10 p.m.

Science Adventure: CSI: Careful Scientific Investigation
Sat., Dec. 20, 9 a.m.
Grades 3-5
THIS EVENT IS FULL

Big Woods Volunteer Day FREE
Sat., Dec. 20, 9 a.m.-noon

Barn Dance
Sun., Dec. 21, 2 p.m.

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Dec. 23, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Dec. 24, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

Scottish Country Dancing FREE
Tue., Dec. 30, 7:30-10 p.m.

Get to Know Fermilab Guided Tour FREE
Wed., Dec. 31, 10:30 a.m.
Ages 10 and up

COMING IN JANUARY

Gallery Chamber Series: Chicago Harp Quartet
Sun., Jan. 11, 2:30 p.m.

Ask-a-Scientist: Dark Matter FREE
Sun., Jan. 11, 1-4 p.m.
Grades 6 and up

Lecture Series: Revealing the Nature of Dark Matter
Fri., Jan. 16, 8 p.m.

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